NM Legislature honors Sandia serial innovators

By Mason J. Martinez

Thursday, April 11, 2019

state legislators with Stan Atcitty and Hongyou Fan
ROUNDHOUSE RECOGNITION — State legislators honored Sandia’s Stan Atcitty and Hongyou Fan for their research. Posing at the Roundhouse are (left to right) Imre Gyuk, DOE program manager, Stan, Hongyou, and Babu Chalamala, manager, energy storage.  (Photo by Mason J. Martinez)

Stan Atcitty and Hongyou Fan received recognition from the New Mexico Legislature recently for their distinguished achievements as serial innovators.

Rep. Abbas Akhil invited the Sandia pair to receive certificates of recognition on the floor of the House of Representatives and meet with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Stan is a member of the Navajo Nation and was the first American Indian male to earn a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech University. He has won five R&D 100 awards, as well as the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award in 2012.

Hongyou, of the Advanced Materials Laboratory, is also a professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. He has four R&D 100 awards and recently became the first researcher from a national lab to receive the Materials Research Society Mid-Career Research Award.